Have you ever doubted that God was hearing your prayers? Have you ever doubted your salvation? Have you ever doubted God’s love? Have you ever doubted that Jesus is really preparing a home for you in Heaven?
Jesus does not want you to live in two minds (believing and not believing). Jesus was so put out by the doubt that tended to fill the minds and hearts of His disciples that in Matthew 17:17 he says, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I suffer you?” Even the disciples were at times filled with doubts that pushed aside faith. After Christ had been beaten, crucified, pierced through with a spear, after he had been entombed and resurrected in the 40 days that he showed himself alive in many infallible truths some of his disciples still doubted. Matthew 28:16-17 says, “Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.”
I once saw a picture on twitter that had a bar graph showing several unlabeled categories of differing heights. The label at the bottom read “Sin in our eyes.” Beneath was a picture of that chart as if you were looking down on it and couldn’t tell how high or how low each category. The label read “Sin from God’s perspective.” It was creative. It was thought provoking. It was encouraging. It was wrong.
Perhaps you have heard a well-intentioned believer say, “All sin is the same in God’s eyes.” Perhaps you have been brought up believing that. Perhaps you believe that now. But as with every spiritual sounding mantra that isn’t actually a verse, we must ask if it lines up with what Scripture teaches. A careful study of the Bible will show us that, contrary to what many believe, not all sin is the same in God’s eyes. And rather than being a discouragement, the truth ends up being more helpful, encouraging, and fair than we might at first realize.
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